Thursday, 21 June 2018

UK beer exports in 1897 (part two)

More table fun. Except this time I've derived my own new set of numbers. Cool, eh?

One thing is immediately clear: the biggest export market for Scottish brewers was the West Indies. I wonder why that was? I know that they did a big trade in strong Scotch Ale there. The high average price per barrel of those exports tends to confirm that.

Though overall, English exports were higher in price. Is that because English exports were mostly either Pale Ale or Stout, two expensive styles?

I'm truly shocked at how big a proportion of the beer sent to East India were from Scotland. That's certainly a change from a couple of decades earlier, when Burton and London provided most. In the form of Pale Ale and Porter. I wonder what the scots were sending? Maybe it was already Lager.

I think I've worked out the Irish conundrum. It's probably to do with how the statistics were collected. My guess is they did it at the port where the beer left the UK. Any Guinness that was shipped to Liverpool and then dispatched to wherever would be counted in the English numbers.

The same could be true of Scotland. Beer shipped from Leith to London and then sent on.

UK beer exports in 1897
England Scotland
Countries to which exported average value % average value %
Russia 3.69 95.94% 3.00 0.16%
Sweden 4.85 85.86% 2.79 14.14%
Norway 3.07 100.00%
Denmark 3.32 97.24% 3.50 2.76%
Germany 3.27 98.48% 3.94 1.23%
Holland 3.09 93.18% 3.14 6.70%
Belgium 3.02 92.20% 3.26 7.36%
Channel Islands 2.25 100.00%
France 2.91 100.00%
Portugal, Azores, and Madeira 3.23 98.42% 4.67 1.58%
Spain and Canaries 3.56 87.40% 4.47 12.60%
Gibraltar 3.09 99.86% 3.07 0.14%
Italy 3.93 91.50% 4.23 8.50%
Austrian Territories 5.00 100.00%
Malta 3.22 72.88% 3.16 27.12%
Greece 5.33 100.00%
Bulgaria 4.00 100.00%
Turkey, European 3.40 100.00%
Turkey, Asiatic 3.69 100.00%
Egypt 2.68 97.88% 4.30 2.12%
Tripoli and Tunis 2.98 100.00%
Algeria 4.50 100.00%
Morocco 3.28 100.00%
Spanish Ports in North Africa 3.00 100.00%
West. Africa, Foreign 3.56 100.00%
Western Africa, British 3.51 100.00%
Ascension & St. Helena 3.06 100.00%
British Possessions in South Africa 3.66 80.40% 3.77 19.60%
Eastern Africa, Foreign 4.90 79.69% 4.84 20.16%
Eastern Africa, British 5.30 100.00%
Abyssinia 4.50 100.00%
Madagascar 3.77 75.84% 4.49 24.16%
Bourbon 3.56 27.17% 4.51 72.83%
Mauritius 3.05 56.86% 2.85 43.14%
Aden 3.21 100.00%
Persia 3.43 100.00%
British East Indies
Continental Territories 3.21 27.13% 2.60 72.87%
Straits Settlements 4.17 45.94% 2.92 54.06%
Ceylon 2.85 83.66% 4.64 16.34%
lndia: Dutch Possessions
Java 4.28 99.07% 9.00 0.93%
Other Possessions 3.50 100.00%
Spanish Possessions
Philippine Islands 4.55 96.40% 4.78 3.60%
British Possessions:
Borneo 0.00% 4.25 100.00%
Labuan 6.67 100.00%
Siam 3.56 12.86% 4.75 87.14%
French Indo-China 6.54 68.42% 4.17 31.58%
China 3.74 91.37% 4.48 8.63%
Hong Kong 2.84 64.83% 2.68 35.17%
Japan 3.89 100.00% 0.00%
Australasia:
West Australia 3.94 81.19% 3.61 18.81%
South Australia 4.36 68.89% 5.04 31.11%
Victoria 4.13 64.09% 4.32 35.91%
New South Wales 3.79 64.98% 5.25 22.17%
Queensland 4.52 79.88% 3.24 20.12%
Tasmania 5.19 96.25% 2.41 3.75%
New Zealand 5.39 98.88% 3.56 1.12%
Fiji Islands 3.30 100.00% 0.00%
Islands in the Pacific 3.52 100.00% 0.00%
British North America 4.54 85.34% 2.88 14.66%
U. States of America 4.27 87.86% 6.80 1.45%
Bermudas 2.68 37.27% 3.23 62.73%
British W. Ind. Islands 3.90 20.68% 4.10 79.32%
Spenish W. Ind. Islands 3.23 85.28% 4.57 14.72%
French W. Ind. Islands 4.93 100.00% 0.00%
Dutch W. Ind. Islands 3.81 100.00% 0.00%
Danish W. Ind. Islands 4.69 43.48% 5.29 56.52%
British Honduras 3.83 70.65% 5.12 29.35%
British Guiana 3.88 12.67% 3.91 87.33%
Dutch Guiana 3.77 100.00% 0.00%
Hayti and S. Domingo 9.20 21.88% 4.57 78.13%
Mexico 3.93 89.87% 4.46 10.13%
Central America 4.69 96.43% 3.67 3.57%
Republic of Colombia 3.27 83.53% 4.49 16.47%
Venezuela 3.54 61.78% 4.60 38.22%
Ecuador 4.50 80.00% 7.00 20.00%
Peru 4.17 100.00% 0.00%
Chili 3.76 79.17% 4.03 20.83%
Brazil 3.52 99.19% 6.89 0.81%
Uruguay 4.10 88.12% 4.83 11.88%
Argentine Republic 4.08 99.59% 4.40 0.41%
Falkland Islands 3.34 100.00% 0.00%
Average 3.48 69.37% 3.17 29.87%
Source: 
The Brewers' Journal, 1898, page 391.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Let's Brew Wednesday - 1948 Lees Bitter

After all of those watery Milds here's something a little beefier. But only a little.  I wouldn't want you to go crazy or anything.

This iteration of Lees Bitter is notable for being very unremarkable. If you get what I mean.

If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed the lack of crystal malt in many Bitters, as is the case here. It’s surprisingly recently that it became a standard element of Pale Ale grists.

Black malt is slightly unusual in a Bitter. The quantity is so small it’s clearly just to add a little colour. The No.2 invert in the recipe is my substitution for invert and CWA.

As the hops were all English, I’ve guessed Fuggles and Goldings. The chances are they were that, or something similar.

An underlet raised the mashing temperature to 149º F.


1948 Lees Bitter
pale malt 7.00 lb 86.63%
black malt 0.08 lb 0.99%
enzymic malt 0.125 lb 1.55%
glucose 0.125 lb 1.55%
No. 2 invert sugar 0.75 lb 9.28%
Fuggles 105 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings 30 mins 1.00 oz
Goldings dry hops 0.25 oz
OG 1038
FG 1010
ABV 3.70
Apparent attenuation 73.68%
IBU 26
SRM 8
Mash at 147º F
Sparge at 170º F
Boil time 105 minutes
pitching temp 60º F
Yeast Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

UK beer exports in 1897

Just a huge table today.

OK, a couple of quick points.

I was surprised to see only columns for England and Scotland, not Ireland. Then I spotted the note at the end of the table. Ireland isn't included because it exported bugger all beer. At least outside the UK. It shipped a shedload to England and Scotland. Fewer than 4,000 barrels in total. I thought that they brewed quite a bit more FES than than that.

Just checked the numbers I have for Guinness sales, grouped by Ireland, England and other. According to that, in 1897 Guinness sold FES 66,335 barrels, Export Stout  4,715, making a total total 71,050. ("A Bottle of Guinness please" by David Hughes, pages 276-279). Or a load more than in the official export figures. I'm pretty sure FES wasn't sold in the UK.

With just over 100,000, Australia was by far the most important single destination. Though, given their small populations, Gibraltar and Malt score very highly. I assume the vast majority was for the British military.

More analysis next time.

BEER EXPORTED FROM OCTOBER 1, 1896 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1897:
From England From Scotland From the UK
Countries to which exported Quantity Declared Value Quantity Declared Value Quantity Declared Value
Brls. £ Brls. £ Brls. £
Russia 1,230 4,534 2 6 1,282 4,540
Sweden 85 412 14 39 99 451
Norway 72 221 - - 72 221
Denmark 423 1,403 12 42 435 1,445
Germany 12,650 41,324 158 623 12,845 42,031
Holland 3,855 11,908 277 869 4,137 12,790
Belgium 23,213 70,138 1,854 6,050 25,177 76,188
Channel Islands 18,150 40,841 - - 18,150 40,841
France 6,951 20,242 - - 6,951 20,242
Portugal, Azores, and Madeira 374 1,209 6 28 380 1,237
Spain and Canaries 1,068 3,807 154 688 1,222 4,495
Gibraltar 20,139 62,168 28 86 20,167 62,254
Italy 140 550 13 55 153 605
Austrian Territories 1 5 - - 1 5
Malta 22,886 73,649 8,515 26,907 31,401 100,556
Greece 18 96 - - 18 96
Bulgaria 1 4 - - 1 4
Turkey, European 162 550 - - 162 556
Turkey, Asiatic 589 2,173 - - 589 2,173
Egypt 17,485 46,942 379 1,629 17,864 48,571
Tripoli and Tunis 60 179 - - 60 179
Algeria 6 27 - - 6 27
Morocco 36 118 - - 36 118
Spanish Ports in North Africa 2 6 - - 2 6
West. Africa, Foreign 200 712 - - 200 712
Western Africa, British 1,527 5,361 - - 1,527 5,361
Ascension & St. Helena 1,401 4,290 - - 1,401 4,290
British Possessions in South Africa 19,021 69,557 4,638 17,468 23,659 87,025
Eastern Africa, Foreign 1,601 7,843 405 1,960 2,009 9,803
Eastern Africa, British 309 1,638 - - 309 1,638
Abyssinia 2 9 - - 2 9
Madagascar 135 509 43 193 178 702
Bourbon 25 89 67 302 92 391
Mauritius 1,973 6,013 1,497 4,260 3,470 10,273
Aden 3,702 11,876 - - 3,702 11,876
Persia 14 48 - - 14 48
British East Indies
Continental Territories 22,833 73,401 61,343 159,349 84,176 232,750
Straits Settlements 3,320 13,833 3,907 11,392 7,227 25,225
Ceylon 5,355 15,270 1,046 4,850 6,401 20,120
lndia: Dutch Possessions
Java 212 908 2 18 214 926
Other Possessions 6 21 - - 6 21
Spanish Possessions
Philippine Islands 241 1,096 9 43 250 1,139
British Possessions:
Borneo - - 8 34 8 34
Labuan 3 20 - - 3 20
Siam 9 32 61 290 70 322
French Indo-China 13 85 6 25 19 110
China 1,356 5,070 128 573 1,484 5,643
Hong Kong 4,983 14,175 2,703 7,249 7,686 21,424
Japan 175 680 - - 175 680
Australasia:
West Australia 19,135 75,316 4,434 15,989 23,569 91,305
South Australia 3,474 15,141 1,569 7,905 5,043 23,046
Victoria 9,750 40,316 5,462 23,598 15,212 63,914
New South Wales 30,130 114,078 10,281 53,958 46,370 168,010
Queensland 7,946 35,920 2,001 6,491 9,947 42,411
Tasmania 564 2,928 22 53 586 2,981
New Zealand 5,019 27,053 57 203 5,076 27,256
Fiji Islands 44 145 - - 44 145
Islands in the Pacific 82 289 - - 82 289
British North America 3,120 14,169 536 1,541 3,656 15,710
U. States of America 29,029 123,950 478 3,250 33,040 153,990
Bermudas 2,808 7,515 4,726 15,272 7,534 22,787
British W. Ind. Islands 3,247 12,649 12,455 51,017 15,702 63,666
Spenish W. Ind. Islands 3,593 11,621 620 2,832 4,213 14,453
French W. Ind. Islands 91 449 - - 91 449
Dutch W. Ind. Islands 75 286 - - 75 286
Danish W. Ind. Islands 70 328 91 481 161 809
British Honduras 207 792 86 440 293 1,232
British Guiana 494 1,915 3,405 13,302 3,899 15,217
Dutch Guiana 157 592 - - 157 592
Hayti and S. Domingo 98 902 350 1,599 448 1,961
Mexico 213 838 24 107 237 945
Central America 162 760 6 22 168 782
Republic of Colombia 1,258 4,114 248 1,114 1,506 5,228
Venezuela 236 835 146 671 382 1,506
Ecuador 16 72 4 28 20 100
Peru 370 1,544 - - 370 1,544
Chili 361 1,357 95 383 456 1,740
Brazil 4,310 15,169 35 241 4,345 15,410
Uruguay 89 365 12 58 101 423
Argentine Republic 1,207 4,924 5 22 1,212 4,946
Falkland Islands 557 1,860 - - 557 1,860
Total 326,052 1,133,783 140,373 445,605 470,000 1,606,275
Included in the above total for the United Kingdom are the exports
from Ireland, comprising 42 barrels exported to Germany and Holland,
valued at £97, and 3,633 barrels for the United States, valued at £26,790.
Source: 
The Brewers' Journal, 1898, page 391.